Little will excite Manchester United fans more than the prospect of finally seeing Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba line up together in the famous red shirt. 

On paper, at least, it has the potential to be explosive – full of goals, energy and creativity. 

Notably both were on the score sheet when United played an 11-a-side practice match at Old Trafford last weekend – even if they were on opposite teams as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer split his squad in two. 

Marcus Rashford also scored a hat-trick – just to underline the goal-scoring power Solskjaer can now call upon after football’s enforced break. 

But it is the partnership of January signing Fernandes and Pogba that the United manager is eager to unleash on the Premier League, having specifically worked on patterns of play between the pair in training at Carrington.

Uncertainty still surrounds Pogba’s future – in the increasingly unlikely event any club can come up with £100million-plus to prise him away this summer – but for the remainder of the season at least, Solskjaer can field the strongest midfield the club has had in years. 

Whether they can come close to matching what the Norwegian considers the benchmark at United, remains to be seen.

Asked to name the one former teammate he’d like in his side now, Solskjaer opted for two – and Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t one of them. 

“In the (1999 Champions League) final the two I would maybe ask to pick, they didn't even play the final,” he said. “Roy Keane and Paul Scholes didn't play the final. 

“It’s unfair to Cristiano Ronaldo because he’s the best player in the world. I played with him and would like to have him in my team as well, but Keane and Scholes – what an unbelievable midfield.